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[mal-fuhngk-shuh n] /mælˈfʌŋk ʃən/
failure to function properly:
a malfunction of the liver; the malfunction of a rocket.
verb (used without object)
to fail to function properly.
Origin of malfunction
1925-30; mal- + function Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Radio data obtained up close could also perhaps detect a malfunctioning circuit or computer.
British Dictionary definitions for malfunctioning


(intransitive) to function imperfectly or irregularly or fail to function
failure to function or defective functioning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for malfunctioning



1827, from mal- "bad, badly, wrong" + function. As a verb, by 1888. Related: Malfunctioned; malfunctioning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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malfunctioning in Medicine

malfunction mal·func·tion (māl-fŭngk'shən)
v. mal·func·tioned, mal·func·tion·ing, mal·func·tions

  1. To fail to function.

  2. To function improperly.

  1. Failure to function.

  2. Faulty or abnormal functioning.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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